Limerick man convicted over robbery is arrested

Limerick Circuit Court

Limerick Circuit Court


A LIMERICK city man who attempted to rob a woman’s handbag in broad daylight was arrested by gardai after he failed to attend his sentencing hearing.

Geoffrey O’Donoghue, aged 39, with an address at Johnsgate Village and formerly of Parnell Street, was convicted by a jury in March following a two day trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

O’Donoghue had denied attacking Mairead Lawless at Church Sturch Street on October 25, 2012.

In her evidence, Ms Lawless told the jury she was on her way to lodge almost €2,000 in cash from the Johnsgate branch of Ladbrokes when the incident happened at around 2.45pm.

The jury was told she screamed for help as she lay on the ground attempting to hold on to her bag.

Two men came to her assistance and Ms Lawless described how one of them fought off her attacker.

O’Donoghue was granted bail pending a sentencing hearing but when he failed to appear for the hearing, Judge Tom O’Donnell issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

The defendant was arrested on foot of the warrant by Garda James Bourke last Friday afternoon.

An application - made by John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, to have O’Donoghue remanded in custody pending the sentencing hearing was not opposed.

The case was adjourned to next week.


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